Verrès Historical Carnival
From February 18th to 21st, 2023 the Carnival celebrates Caterina di Challant.
From Saturday the 18th to Tuesday the 21st, 2023, the Verrès Carnival at its 74th edition, celebrates Caterina di Challant, a 15th-century Aosta Valley noblewoman.
In 1449, Caterina di Challant, Countess of Challant and daughter of local aristocrat Francesco di Challant, arrived in Verrès with his husband Pierre Sarriod, Lord of Introd.
After having lunch with Saint Gilles’ provost, the two aristocrats saw commoners dancing in the village’s main square. Caterina, despite her social status, started dancing with the youth, who greeted her chanting “Vive Introd et Madame de Challant!”.
Even though the Challants have long since died out, the memory of that gesture has been passed on over the centuries, and it’s commemorated every year at the Verrès Carnival.
On Saturday, Caterina di Challant and Pierre Sarriod join the people and dance with them: the highlight of the Carnival is the introduction of the characters (the spouses and their court) in Piazza Chanoux, at the end of which a spectacular parade begins.
Other events include live music, entertainment for children, dinners at the Verrès Castle, medieval games, workshops, gala evening and historical reenactment of a 14th-century dinner, historical parade with folk groups, allegorical floats and music bands, and so much more.
Plus, on the last day of the Verrès Carnival (Mardi Gras), free polenta, sausages, fisous and fisous et vin clair de notre for everyone.
(photo: event’s official website)
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